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RECORDS AND NOTICES.

CENTRAL LIBRARY. During the year 32,758 book cards were rewritten, and 21,726 notices were sent for overdue books,-16,128 first notices, 4,400 second and 1,198 third. The third notice for an overdue book is followed by a call by a messenger. During the year 483 such calls were made; 93 books were brought back by the messenger; 275 were shortly returned by the card holder; and 57 more were secured through the guarantors, 4 by the library attorney, leaving 54, 6 of which were charged for reading room use, that had not been recovered at the close of the year. The holders of these could not be found. These 54 are included in the 138 books reported lost. 47 volumes were lost at the delivery stations; 17 at schools; and the balance were unaccounted for.

Among the chief items of other routine correspondence were 1721 notices sent to infected houses, directing occupants to hand over to the health officers any library books they had; 1231 notices of books reserved, and 1790 miscellaneous notices, besides many letters of greater or less length supplying information or straightening out difficulties or answering minor complaints.

All serious complaints and requests for bibliographical or general information go directly to the librarian for reply.

BARR BRANCH. At the Barr Branch, 747 book cards were rewritten and 1,007 notices were sent for overdue books:-787 first notices, 176 second and 44 third. The messenger called for 22 volumes and recovered all but 3. In addition to this 127 notices of books reserved and 79 letters were sent to supply information or to straighten out difficulties.

ISSUE STATISTICS.
Home Issue,

Central Library,
Main desk

164,659
Open shelves 147,819
Collection of

Duplicates. 37,066 184,885

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CLASSIFIED CIRCULATION AT CENTRAL LIBRARY.

.92

Home

Library
Per Cent
Issue

Issue

Per Cent Total Per Cent Philosophy

3,987

.391 1,0881 1.22 5,0751 .46 Religion

4,680
.46 2,704 3.02 7,384

.66 Social Science

9,453)

13,462 15.02 22,923 2.05 Natural Science

19,555 1.90 10,568 11.79 30,119 2.70 Art

4,739

.46 7,424 8.29 12,164 1.08 Poetry

11,730 1.14 2,134 2.38 13,876 1.24 Fiction, regular

365,4731 35.54 6,669 7.44 372,125 33.29 Collection of Duplicates. *37,938 3.69

37,9381 3.39 Juvenile Literature 528,973 51.45 737

.82 529,7111 47,39 Literary Miscellany

11,3931

1.11

5,334| 5.95 16,7421 1.49 Travels

7,750) .75 3,220) 3.60 10,954 .98 History

9,912

.96 5,012 5.59 14,924 1.34 Biography

7,148 .70 4,892 5.46 12,040 1.08 Magazines

5,4981 .53 26,367 29.42 31,8651 2.85 Total

11,028,2291 100.001 89,6111 100.0011,117,8401 100.00 *Since the financial year begins the first of April, and the statistical year the first of May, the number of duplicates issued as given in this report does not agree with the amount of money received for duplicates.

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SUMMARIES.

HOME ISSUE. Central Library.

Barr Branch.

II
Regular Collection of

TOTAL
Regular Collection of

TOTAL
Collection. Duplicates.

Collection. Duplicates.
1,052,533 31,811 1,084,344
990,281 37,938 1,028,229 93,0261 3,461 96,487
6,127

II 93,026 3,461 96,48711
62,2421
1 56,11511

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II
LIBRARY ISSUE.
Central Library.

Barr Branch.
100,457
89,611

8,2561
II

8,256||
10,84611

II
TOTAL ISSUE OF BOOKS.
Central Library.

II
Barr Branch.

II
1,184,801
1,117,840

104,743
II

104,743]
66,961||

PERIODICAL ISSUE.
Central Library.

Barr Branch.
225,580
214,979

No record
II
10,60111

TOTAL ISSUE IN ALL DEPARTMENTS.
Central Library. 11

Barr Branch.
1,410,381
1,332,819

104,743
II

104,743|| 77,562||

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